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Jonathan L. Kvanvig

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806967

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806967.001.0001

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The Skeptical Christian

The Skeptical Christian

(p.142) 7 The Skeptical Christian
Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 8

Daniel Howard-Snyder

Oxford University Press

This chapter is a detailed study of William P. Alston’s view on the nature of Christian faith, which is assessed in the context of three problems: the problem of the skeptical Christian, the problem of faith and reason, and the problem of the trajectory. Although Alston intended a view that would solve these problems, the view he sets out does so only superficially. Fortunately, this view can be distinguished from Alston’s illustrations of it, and it is argued in this chapter that, although Alston’s view only superficially solves these problems, his illustrations of it suggest a substantive way to solve them, a way that is sketched briefly.

Keywords:   Alston, faith, belief, acceptance, assumption

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